Trump says he may support bill that protects states with legal weed


The bill is dubbed the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States or STATES Act.

Before leaving for the G7 Summit in Canada, Trump was asked if she supports the measure.

Sen. Leo Housakos, a conservative from Quebec, said he is concerned that support for the bill amounts to "an attempt to normalize marijuana", something he thinks will have deleterious effects. I know exactly what he's doing. "We're looking at it".

President Trump is signaling he's willing to support a move toward the legalization of marijuana, which would be a departure from the position of his attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

The federal ban that puts marijuana on the same level as LSD and heroin has created a conflict with more than two dozen states that have legalized pot in some form.

In addition, the proposed legislation would give marijuana-related businesses access to federally chartered banks, allowing the businesses to open bank accounts and operate just like any other business.

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In January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions removed prohibitions that kept federal prosecutors from pursuing cases against people who were following pot laws in states like Colorado and MA that have legalized the drug. It is among 46 states that have laws permitting or decriminalizing marijuana or marijuana-based products.

Bill C-45 would allow individuals over the age of 18 to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana for personal use. Gardner described marijuana legalization as a matter of states' rights. "I have talked to the president about this bill", he said.

The legislation, which was unveiled on Thursday, will not legalize marijuana. "Our bill does not legalize marijuana".

Gardner has told reporters that he spoke with Trump before introducing the bill and expects he'll sign it. That left cannabis users in my home state of Washington confused because the medical and recreational industries have been combined here, and there are no longer any non-recreational dispensaries. "The bill would shield the pot industry in states that have liberalized their drug policies and prevent the enforcement of federal law".

"The president has a rare opportunity to get behind a truly historic policy change that has bipartisan backing and significant public support", said Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, a drug policy reform group.

The federal Liberal government, led by Justin Trudeau, introduced the legislation previous year in a bid to make Canada the second country in the world to legalise the cannabis, after Uruguay. "This is excellent news, not only for the future of medicine, but for the future of (State Question 788) should it pass on June 26th".